YiaYia's Rain Wall

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Project by greg48 posted 04-17-2015 01:12 AM 1836 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well Spring came early here ‘bouts (actually winter lasted one week back in December) and YiaYia missed the sound of the rain on the back patio, so I we decided to create some rain. I found some interesting designs on Pintrest and settled on a concept similar to an entry by “The Interior Frugalista ©”,but with my own twists.

The overall dimensions of the unit are about 70” tall 52” across the top and 36” x 28’ x 8” at the base. The base frame and water tub holder is made with some leftover redwood milled to 2” x 2” (Nom.) dimensions and assembled with half lap mortise & tenon joinery and Titebond III. I suppose that I could have glued and screwed the frame, but the O.G. redwood tends to split easily when screwed or nailed and anyway I thought I would try out a different joinery system to keep it interesting.

The 5 1/2” posts are built using incense cedar fence boards and hide the plastic supply line between the pump in the base tub and the 3’ section of eave gutter that I had been saving for some unknown reason (oh yeah, this project). Not wanting to buy new end caps for the rain gutter, I cut out some caps out of the cedar and screwed and caulked them into the ends (good enough, who will see them anyway?). The overhead beam is similarly made with cedar fence boards and covers the rain gutter, which is ventilated with lots of small holes in the base of the trough. To trim out the “faux” beam, I glued up some leftover trim ends and cut out some end plugs to give the beam an appearance of being solid.

The base frame is clad with 6” ship lapped vertical siding and topped with some 5” wide fence boards to cover the edges of the plastic tub which houses the pump and is filled with washed septic leach rock (not previously used). The entire unit is finished with Thompson’s Deck Stain/Sealer.

YiaYia is happy, therefore so am I. It didn’t take long before some of the yard art found the pool and now he’s happy to.

Thanks for looking in and have a nice Spring

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 04-17-2015 01:48 AM

What a great build

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 04-17-2015 02:56 AM

I like it!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 04-17-2015 12:27 PM

Wow! Very cool build. Love the design and joinery.
I can imagine how peaceful it sounds.

Hope you have permission to use all that water. ;-)

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#4 posted 04-17-2015 07:19 PM

I like it. Some serious notch/joint work in there. “I’m sittin here in Lia-Lia, waiting for my Yia-Yia, Uh-huh”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 04-17-2015 09:23 PM

Ya-Hoo for yia yia! Well done!

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#6 posted 04-18-2015 12:04 AM

If it sounds as good as it looks, you’ll have a very peaceful and soothing patio!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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